The Core Class

"I always knew Lancaster was a special place but the 9 months of Core Class really reinforced that for me, from the strong economy, to collaboration that comes naturally, to the greatly impactful non-profits making a difference. The people we met with that are so passionate, they make me want to do my part in the community."
-2019 Core Class Graduate

Leadership Lancaster grads are on the front lines of this COVID19 crisis. We are watching daily as they are serving our community, pivoting their business models, and building collaborations to make Lancaster County stronger and safer.

We also know we will need connected, educated, and inspired community leaders at all levels and across all sectors to continue to lead, to guide us through this crisis, and to rebuild our community when the crisis is over.

Leadership Lancaster challenges participants from diverse backgrounds to assume effective, more active volunteer roles in addressing community needs.

The Core Class program runs September through May and includes twelve full day sessions and one evening session. Requirements include program attendance, small group project, community board observation, arts and culture observation, and government observation.

The topics covered include: public education, public policy, economic development, law & justice, arts community, health and human services and a county tour. Skills covered include: consensus and coalition building, inclusion, negotiation, collaboration and team building, trusteeship, visioning, conflict mediation and resolution, facilitation, personal evaluation, and problem solving and decision making.

Tuition cost is $2,250 per person, ($150 of this amount must be paid by the participant personally) with a limited number of scholarships available. Graduation from the class does not signify the end, but the beginning of a lifetime of opportunities. It is expected that alumni, as trustees of Lancaster, will become active participants in positive change.

Core Class of 2021

Corbin Beittel
Daniel Berger
Elizabeth Bridgeman
Loice Byler
Renjith Chandrasekharan
Jaskirat Chhatwal
Molly Crouser
Jennifer DeWalt
Champagne Domingo
Nikelle Druck
Danielle Figueroa
Jennifer Gehman
Jamie Graybill
Damon Greathouse
Lance Greene
Eric Hammer
Valerie Hatfield
Christopher Henderson
Signe Henkel
Zarita Herasme-Terrero
James Kinney
William Klees
Darren Landis
Melissa Long
Amanda Martin
Brian Martin
Jesse May
Joel Montanez
Michael O'Rourke
Angie Papavasilion
Krista Rittenhouse
Amanda Ruiz
Jennifer Santiago
Thomas Sengeh
Gena Smith
Matthew Smith
Matthew Spezialetti
Kelsey Staab
Wendy Stivers
Kylie Stoltzfus
Shawn Strauss
Christie Thompson
Alexander Vazquez
Lindsey Waltemyer
Luke Weber
Kristin Zarnoch

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